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Opportunities to make informed choices for your future.





Many students end up finishing school without an idea of what choice of career they would like to pursue. This programme is aimed to aid students in their journey and preparation for life after school by providing industry experience. The purpose of this programme is driven by our Passion for Change.


This is for students in their final years of school (Year 12 and Year 13). While this industry experience is not paid, it will give students an understanding of the real world and enable them to make the right subject choices whilst at school. This will support students on their journey into further study or work experiences that leads to a career of their choice. 

Collaboration is vital. We have partnered together with forward thinking organisations who are keen to change and influence the future of these students across Aotearoa.


CreateOps & ICE have come together to design and build this programme. CreateOps is led by Edwina Mistry Founder of CreateOps. She leads initiatives for TechWomen NZ and has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry and 20 years of them have been in education with the Manukau Institute of Technology. Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future. Both believe that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality.  



Want access to motivated and well rounded students? 

 Become apart of the Informed Choices programme and help students drive change and influence their lives.

About the programme:

  • Held  over 2 weeks - during the school holiday period. A minimum of 3 days per week.

  • Based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

  • A minimum of 2 students per company.

  • The chance for students to work within different teams or on different projects.

Examples of experience students may take part in include shadowing, attending meetings, simple administrative tasks, spending time with different teams of the company or helping with any current projects. 

The Benefits at a glance for you and your company: 

  • Build your talent, team, and culture the way you envision. 

  • Strategic method for hiring and training future skills and capabilities. 

  • Build diverse teams – from across the board.  

  • Mentor and influence the future workforce of New Zealand.

  • Mentoring programmes that will develop your employee leadership skills and further their professional development, enabling leaders to create leaders. 



Are you keen to gain some work experience whilst studying? 

Not sure what you want to do after school?

Want to experience different jobs? 


Join us - so that you can gain experience and get a jump start to your career – by making an informed choice.

The Informed Choices Programme is a programme built with YOU in mind.


 If you are a Year 12 or Year 13 - NCEA Level 2 or GCSEs Student –  this programme is the perfect way to get some experience in the corporate field before finishing secondary school. We want to help you make an informed choice and secure a career for your future development.


Our programme offers: 

  • A healthy balance between work and study for students.

  • New skills and the chance to learn more about the world of work.

  • Support & guidance at each step of the programme. 

  • Access to some amazing industries and leaders within the community.

  • Mentor and Mentee support to develop and further enhance skills.



1st - 27th August 





Complete the online application on this website below to be considered for the next round of industry experience. 




End of year celebration

Students who have participated in either round of the programme for 2019 will be invited to a graduation ceremony with partnering organisations. This is an event to celebrate their experience and success along with their family.


This will be held on Friday December 6th.

Applicants will receive more information closer to the date.

2nd- 5th september






 Gain group interview experience and meet partner leaders. This is a chance to expand applications.





6th September






Once an offer is accepted, students will be matched with companies based off their application and assessment. 

9th - 27th September 


Students will be invited to workshops that focus on industry development. The skills obtained here will be useful and applied during their industry placement.



30th September - 11th October



Students will be placed with organisations based off their assessment and applications. This will take place during the student 2 week holiday period with a minimum of three days per week.


"I'm taking part in 'Informed Choices' because I really want to gain knowledge and experience of the real world of working".

"I've realised that I could be missing out on careers that would be

better suited for me".


How to apply

Applications for 2019 are currently closed.

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